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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An account or recital of an event or a series of events, either true or fictitious, as:
  • n. An account or report regarding the facts of an event or group of events: The witness changed her story under questioning.
  • n. An anecdote: came back from the trip with some good stories.
  • n. A lie: told us a story about the dog eating the cookies.
  • n. A usually fictional prose or verse narrative intended to interest or amuse the hearer or reader; a tale.
  • n. A short story.
  • n. The plot of a narrative or dramatic work.
  • n. A news article or broadcast.
  • n. Something viewed as or providing material for a literary or journalistic treatment: "He was colorful, he was charismatic, he was controversial, he was a good story” ( Terry Ann Knopf).
  • n. The background information regarding something: What's the story on these unpaid bills?
  • n. Romantic legend or tradition: a hero known to us in story.
  • transitive v. To decorate with scenes representing historical or legendary events.
  • transitive v. Archaic To tell as a story.
  • n. A complete horizontal division of a building, constituting the area between two adjacent levels.
  • n. The set of rooms on the same level of a building.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sequence of real or fictional causal events; or, an account of such a sequence.
  • n. A lie.
  • n. A floor or level of a building; a storey.
  • n. A soap opera.
  • n. History.
  • n. A sequence of events, or a situation, such as might be related in an account.
  • v. To tell as a story; to relate or narrate about.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A set of rooms on the same floor or level; a floor, or the space between two floors. Also, a horizontal division of a building's exterior considered architecturally, which need not correspond exactly with the stories within.
  • n. A narration or recital of that which has occurred; a description of past events; a history; a statement; a record.
  • n. The relation of an incident or minor event; a short narrative; a tale; especially, a fictitious narrative less elaborate than a novel; a short romance.
  • n. A euphemism or child's word for “a lie;” a fib.
  • transitive v. To tell in historical relation; to make the subject of a story; to narrate or describe in story.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tell or describe in historical relation; make the subject of a narrative, tale, or legend; relate.
  • To ornament with sculptured or painted scenes from history or legend. Compare storied.
  • To relate; narrate.
  • To destroy.
  • n. A connected account or narration, oral or written, of events of the past; history.
  • n. An account of an event or incident; a relation; a recital: as, stories of bravery.
  • n. In lit., a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse; a tale, written in a more or less imaginative style, of that which has happened or is supposed to have happened; specifically, a fictitious tale, shorter and less elaborate than a novel; a short romance; a folk-tale.
  • n. The facts or events in a given case considered in their sequence, whether related or not; the experience or career of an individual: as, the story of a foundling; his is a sad story.
  • n. An anecdote: as, a speech abounding in good stories.
  • n. A report; an account; a statement; anything told: often used slightingly: as, according to his story, he did wonders.
  • n. A falsehood; a lie; a fib.
  • n. The plot or intrigue of a novel or drama: as, many persons read a novel, or are interested in a play, only for the story.
  • n. A scene from history, legend, or romance, depicted by means of painting, sculpture, needlework, or other art of design.
  • n. Synonyms Relation, Narration, etc. (see account); record, chronicle, annals.
  • n. Anecdote, Story. See anecdote.
  • n. Tale, fiction, fable, tradition, legend.
  • n. Memoir, life, biography.
  • n. A building; an edifice.
  • n. A stage or floor of a building; hence, a subdivision of the height of a house; a set of rooms on the same level or floor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program
  • n. a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
  • n. a trivial lie
  • n. a record or narrative description of past events
  • n. a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
  • n. a short account of the news

Etymologies

Middle English storie, from Old French estorie, estoire, from Latin historia; see history.
Middle English storie, story, from Medieval Latin historia, picture, story (probably from painted windows or sculpture on the front of buildings), from Latin, history; see history.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman estorie, from Latin historia, from Ancient Greek ἱστορία (historia, "history"). Compare history and storey ("floor of a building"). (Wiktionary)

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